Legend says that the Romans abducted Sabine women to populate the newly built Rome. The resultant war ended only by the women throwing themselves and their children between the armies of their fathers and their husbands. The Rape of the Sabine Women (“rape” in this context meaning “kidnapping” rather than sexual violation) became a common motif in art; the women ending the war forms a less frequent but still reappearing motif (x).

The Intervention of the Sabine Women is said to have been painted to honor his wife, with the theme being love prevailing over conflict. The painting was also seen as a plea for the people to reunite after the bloodshed of the revolution (x).

The Intervention of the Sabine Women - Jacques Louis David

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